Right, first thing’s first, I’m a little scared and very excited. I’m excited because I love Rivertown and enjoyed both Famine and War, plus I’m all in for high gravity beers. I’m scared because the pepper in this beer, the Jolokia pepper. This thing used to be Guinness World Records hottest pepper in the world, it’s also being used as a weapon by the Indian Army, they’re putting it into grenades. The following table shows various peppers and where they fall in the Scoville unit, the table and all this pepper info is jacked from Wikipedia.
|1,500,000–2,000,000||Most law enforcement grade pepper spray, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion|
|855,000–1,463,700||Bhut Jolokia chili pepper – This is what they used in this beer|
|50,000–100,000||Bird’s eye chili (aka. Thai Chili Pepper)|
|3,500–8,000||Jalapeño pepper, Chipotle, Tabasco sauce|
|No significant heat||Bell pepper|
From the label:
Batch No. 4 in The Brewmaster’s Reserve Limited Release Series Death is the fourth of four brews released centered around the Mayan apocalypse of 2012 signifying worlds end on December 21st 2012.
Death is a high gravity Russian imperial stout. Rich malt complexity from a blend of dark malts, paired with Jolokia peppers (Ghost chili peppers) emphasize the finality of the series and the horseman himself. Save one for December 21st 2012.
Time to get drinking!
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 11%
Pours a super dark almost black brown with a dark tan head.
Not overly aromatic. Some smell of bread malts also a bit of the peppers and some alcohol.
Oh yeah that is peppery. The first hit is just a hint of spice, but it builds. There is also a fair amount of caramelly malts. Not too much going on in this taste but that heat continues to build.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that rolls in on a medium-heavy body. The alcohol is definitely strong and present. Half way through a pint and I’m feeling it.
Overall a great beer that is very interesting. I would not want to down a 6-pack of this one night, both due to the pepper and the 11%. Back to the spiciness as I finish this. I’d give this a 4 or 5 on the Thai food scale, I usually eat a 6.
Currently available on tap at Rivertown and they are selling bottles as well. I’m buying 3 bottles, 1 for tomorrow, 1 for 6 months and if that is good then the 3rd will be sometime later.